As part of CDC Moving Forward, we're forming a new National Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce. Stay tuned to this website for updates.
The Division of Workforce Development (DWD) provides leadership for recruiting, training, developing and retaining the nation’s public health workforce. In this role, we chart a path forward at all levels of the public health system.
- Prospective public health professionals: We establish and advance innovative experiential fellowship, internship, and training opportunities that are both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary.
- Current public health professionals: We offer and promote quality training opportunities from CDC, other federal agencies, and federally funded partners.
- Health departments and public health partners: We provide capacity building and technical assistance, support and lead efforts to build the evidence-base for public health workforce planning and development at the national level, and collaborate with partners to address workforce priorities.
- CDC programs: We ensure efforts are coordinated and strategic agency-wide.
Who We Are
Meet our Director: Patricia M. Simone, MD
Education and Training Services Branch
Chief: Gabrielle (Gaby) Benenson, MPH
- Helps CDC programs and partners get quality, accredited training activities to the public health workforce
- Designs, accredits, promotes, and delivers learning opportunities for health professionals to improve health
Epidemiology and Workforce Branch
Chief: Eric Pevzner, PhD, MPH
- Provides applied training and service programs for future and current public health professionals
- Focus areas: Epidemiology and laboratory science
Population Health Workforce Branch
Chief: Kyle T Bernstein, PhD ScM
- Provides experiential service-learning opportunities for fellows and training in place opportunities for the existing workforce
- Focus areas: Data science and applied public health sciences
Connect With Us
Have a question about fellowships, training services, or other public health workforce development activities? Ask us.